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What Do You Think of Digital Dasher Boards?

10/30/2008 at 4:52pm EDT

A press release from the LA Kings today noted this:

I.C.G., the leader in wireless digital signage solutions, today announced that they have deployed a wireless digital dasher board for the Los Angeles Kings 2008-09 season at STAPLES Center, replacing a section of traditional steel and plastic dasher board that surrounds the playing surface.

Unfamiliar with this technology, I contacted Will Geoghegan, the director of marketing at ICG, and he was good enough to email me back more details and some photos:

The digital dasher board is very durable, featuring commercial grade LCD monitors built in a shock-resistant, integrated dasher frame mounting system. The clear face is covered with a high-strength Lexan material.

So far, the STAPLES center is the first deployment of our technology in this custom application (wireless digital signage in the dasher board).

Photos property of I.C.G

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Other teams—like the New York Islanders [which can be seen in this YouTube clip which David at Hockey Fights.com pointed me to this morning]—already appear to have the same built-in LCD monitors. Though I suppose those aren’t wireless, if ICG’s installation at Staples is supposed to be the first.

Either way, these are becoming a common sight around NHL arenas, and are liable to become moreso in the future. As such I’m curious what hockey fans think of that.

Certainly they’re a good deal for the advertisers since the images stand out so strongly, but might the lighting be too bright for the preference of NHL fans?

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